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Description: Old School House
Date Listed: 1 May 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 260585
OS Grid Reference: SJ5405241756
OS Grid Coordinates: 354052, 341756
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9712, -2.6856
WHITCHURCH URBAN C.P. BARGATES (north-east
SJ 54050 41756 side)
8/33 No. 13 (Old School House)
1.5.51 [Formerly listed as
Grammar School (detached
Schoolhouse, now disused. Dated 1708. Red brick with painted grey sandstone
ashlar dressings. Plain tile roof. One storey and attic. Plinth with
moulded stone top, chamfered stone quoins, wooden modillion eaves cornice, and
parapeted gable ends with shaped stone kneelers and stone coping. Integral
brick end stacks, that to left consisting of 3 square shafts with chamfered
corners and stone base and cap. Pair of dormers with 2-light wooden
casements, wooden cills on small wooden brackets and steep triangular-
pedimented gables with dentils. 2:1:2 bays; central quoined break has steep
triangular pediment with dentils. Wooden cross windows with moulded stone
cills and gauged-brick heads with raised keystones. Central mid-C19 half-
glazed 4-panelled door with bolection moulded stone architrave and early C19
returned hoodmould. Moulded stone tablet above door, inscribed: "SCHOOL /
FOUNDED BY / JANE HIGGINSON / MDCCVIII". Gabled rear wing: 2-light
wooden attic casement and 2 ground-floor wooden cross windows with segmental
relieving arches. Interior:; c.1708 dog-leg oak staircase with closed string,
splat balusters, moulded handrail, and square newel posts with moulded caps.
C18 boarded door beneath stairs with H-L hinges. Whitchurch grammar school
was founded in 1548 by the Rev. John Talbot (opened 1550). This building
dates from 1708 and was latterly used as the infants school. Further
buildings (q.v.) were added to the east in 1848 and 1926, but the school has
since amalgamated and moved to another site. B.O.E., p. 314; R.B. James,
Whitchurch - A Short History (1979), p. 9.
Listing NGR: SJ5405141757
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